Executive Leadership

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive


Dr Ben Calvert

Dr Calvert began his academic life as a social scientist, gaining a first class honours at what is now the University of Worcester. He completed his PhD in 2000, researching the popular financial press in Britain during the 1980s. He took his first teaching role at Birmingham City University in 1996, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Media and Cultural Studies. He later moved to the University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, as Senior Lecturer in Media.

In 2002 he moved to the University of Gloucestershire, progressing from being a Course Leader, to Head of Department, to Dean of Faculty; a post that he held for six years. As a Dean, Dr Calvert managed across a broad discipline base within the Faculty structure, including Schools of Media, Humanities, Art and Design and Computing and Technology. Dr Calvert established several new degree courses including Popular Music, Television Production and Radio Production, and was part of a team that secured Skillset Academy accreditation for the School of Media.

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Milton Chief Operating Officer

Mark Milton

Mark Milton took up the position of Chief Operating Officer of the University in January 2020.
He brings with him a wealth of experience as the former Director of People & Organisational Development for Avon & Somerset Police.

Spending the early part of his career in the pensions sector, Mark built his expertise in HR, accounting, audit and marketing, while studying at the University of the West of England for professional qualifications in people management and development.

He worked for Prudential and Clerical Medical for 25 years in a number of roles, before taking up the position of a Chief Officer at Wiltshire Police in 2005. This role also included a new collaborative element, with the opportunity to offer strategic advice to a neighbouring force, Gwent Police. Mark joined Avon & Somerset Constabulary in 2017, before taking up his role at USW.

He is former Vice-Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Police Forum, and recently became a Fellow of the CIPD.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Martin Steggall

Professor Martin Steggall

Before joining the University of South Wales as Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education in December 2014, Martin was Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies at City University London (2011-2014). He was appointed to the academic staff at City University in 2002 and has held various positions (Head of Applied Biological Sciences; Associate Dean, Nursing and Midwifery), during that time.

Martin trained as an Adult Nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London between 1993 and 1996, and remained in clinical practice at what is now Barts Health NHS Trust as a specialist in Men’s Health (Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation) until December 2014. He completed a Masters degree in Physiology in 2001 and a PhD in the clinical management of premature ejaculation in 2009. He has published widely in academic journals on the subject of Urology and Men’s Health, and edited four textbooks in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

Martin has represented City University London at the Council of London Deans for Health, Council of Dean’s for Health, and at various Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) in London, and has longstanding experience of successful academic leadership. He has recently joined Cyngor as the representative for the University of South Wales.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation)

Professor Paul Harrison Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation

Professor Paul Harrison

Following undergraduate studies in Physics (1988) at the University of Hull and a PhD in computational physics at Newcastle University (1991), Paul worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Hull before gaining a University Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds in 1995.   

At that time Paul applied his research experience in semiconductor physics to develop quantum mechanical-based physical models of optoelectronic devices such as quantum cascade laser and quantum well infrared photodetectors.  He became Professor of Quantum Electronics at the University of Leeds in 2002 and then led the School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering to the top of the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.  

Following periods as Dean at Leeds and then Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sheffield Hallam, he moved to the University of South Wales in 2017 and has recently become Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science.